when my acne was so bad I hated going to the dentist because of the poor hygienist and dentist having to see it, I know they aren't really looking but it was so obvious. Even now I still get squeamish, though I'm better. If I were you I'd opt out of the makeup (because it can be a mess at the dentist haha) and then maybe try and apply some after, before you go shopping.
I'm feeling ok giving my circumstances. Going on my 3rd week off the pill and I am definitely breaking out more, but I nip them in the bud [that seems graphic and disturbing to say but I can't think of another phrase!] by nightly using differin which so far is keeping them from, as I like to say, reaching their full potential. The breakouts are concentrated on my chin and around my nose, so basically the middle of my face. I'm glad they're not doing much harm but they are no fun, and at times hurt.
I'm looking through this post, mainly to see about my reactions and times of stress.
All I could think was, we are some of the strongest people out there to deal with what we deal with. [emphasis on some, since in reality we're lucky in that most of us only have acne to deal with].
I realized my worst period, was around when I found out my dad died. I made this thread like 5 days after I found out! Plus I was going through other emotional problems. So I think all that stress and depression contributed to my acne worsening to the point it did. If anything it makes me believe my worst acne is over with.
Also, in keeping with the thread, I am doing the same, trying to keep up with my topical at night to reduce any upcoming breakouts.
PS You are all amazing and beautiful people, whether you think so or not.
I've been considering coming off bcps for quite a while but right now I am seriously considering it because my blood pressure has been quite high [ever since getting on bcp it has been higher than my normal but now it's insanely high]. I took a good look at my skin in natural light and it looks so much better than it did pre-bcp, my pores are smaller I have like 2 actives and my problem areas are not as bad [granted I am out of school now] - and I thought, if I come off bcp and my acne gets back to how it was I don't think I'd make it, just thinking about it - I almost cried.
I feel like I have this internal debate like every few days, I'm tired of it! Also my gyn is booked until august (!) so I can't even talk to her about it, I can see the other doctor but I don't like her as much, and my presciption is over in april so I really have to think about this soon. Does anyone have any stories about coming off bcp?
EDIT this is making me think about all the risks we'd take just to have clear skin, it's sad that acne has such a hold.
All you can do is what you feel you are capable of. We can't all put on a brave face everyday, you're human and your feelings about your skin are valid, you're allowed to feel bad, or sad but just realize it's not all that it is to you, and don't let the overwhelming emotion keep you down for too long. It's always good to remember you're not alone.
pretty soon going on 4 years since I made this thread!
I knew it would last since we all need somewhere to vent. Sad that I still struggle.
I'm going to finish off a bottle of antibiotics pretty soon (well in about 2 weeks, had 'em since last November so it feels soon). It does help a lot, but i'm not thrilled about that. I suppose I'll take the good with the potential bad.
Since I'm only on them off and on, I break out during the off moments. It's a big ol' cycle.
I get paranoid about my hair too. Some parts of my hair seem different since going on bcps. I try not to think about it much and figure your hair sheds daily so it's best not to worry unless it's really falling out in handfuls. For me, stress definitely plays a part.... @skinnie I hope it gets figured out.
For about 2-3 weeks I wasn't getting any new pimples, I was glad.. but didn't feel right. For a second I thought is it really over?? - then a few days ago a new pimple formed by my temple and I thought there ya go
I don't know why, but I felt a bit relieved; I suppose because the thought of having clear skin just doesn't seem real, that it would ever happen. It's weird to describe. I guess it's just another way acne messes with your mind.
doing quite well! just redness and marks right now, no actives!
Question, out of curiosity. Does anyone else have skin nightmares? I've had a few in my life, some where I have deep marks on my face, another where I had so many painful lumps and bumps. Last night, I had a dream where I had scabs and big puss filled bumps on my face (so disgusting) - I woke up so relieved that it wasn't real!